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Top South African lawyers to lock horns in Pistorius' bail hearing

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 06:21 hrs

Top South African lawyers are set to lock horns in Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing, which is scheduled to be heard in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Pistorius was arrested at his Pretoria home on Thursday after the fatal shooting of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympic star appeared in court on Friday, when the application was postponed, and was held at the Brooklyn police station over the weekend, Sport24 reports.

The postponement was granted to allow the defence time for further preparation, and to properly categorize the charge against him in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA).

On Tuesday, there is also expected to be clarity on whether the crime he is charged with falls under section five or six of the act.

The State, represented by Gerrie Nel, will argue that the shooting was pre-meditated, and Nel is no stranger to high-profile cases, having successfully prosecuted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence, the paper said.

Pistorius' legal team is made up of advocates Kenny Oldwage and Barry Roux SC, and attorney Brian Webber, the paper added.

Oldwage recently successfully defended Sizwe Mankazana, who was charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving and driving under the influence of alcohol after he lost control of his vehicle, killing Nelson Mandela's 13-year-old great-grandchild Zenani, it reported.

Mankazana was acquitted of all charges related to Zenani's death, due to lack of evidence in November last year. (ANI)




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